How to Stretch Your Shoulders

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Relieve tension in your shoulders with simple stretches. Find out how to stretch your shoulders with expert tips from a fitness instructor in this free video about stretching exercises.

Part of the Video Series: Basic Stretching Exercises
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Hi, I'm Les Whitley. Here today to talk about stretching the muscles of the shoulders. The muscles can divided into multiple different components. Ideally the muscles of the upper part of the shoulder as well as the muscles of the upper back. You begin by stretching these as any; you always want to think about warming up the muscle first. Ideally with some nice full range of shoulder rotations forward, backward. Nice easy arm hugs crossing your arms alternating one on top of the other to improve blood flow and to warming up the muscle efficiently. The by improving the flexibility start with a straight arm across the body stretch grabbing above the elbow pulling across the body until you feel a tightness in the upper part of the back and rear of the shoulder. Holding these stretches anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds to improve flexibility. On both sides of course for good balance then progressing to the front part of the shoulder, ideally with elbow bent slightly lower than shoulder level. Use a stable object such as a post or a door frame; begin by turning your body away from that stable object until you feel a slight little pull in the front. This will also help stretch out the muscles of the chest as well. Key point to keep the elbow below shoulder level to minimize the impact and the stress on the joint, holding again for 15 up to 30 seconds for flexibility improvement. Repeating on both sides of the body and incorporating daily into a good part of your routine to help improve shoulder flexibility. Warming up the muscles that you're going to be stretching is a key-portent part before you begin any flexibility routine to allow that muscle to appropriately move through all ranges of motions.

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